In the Haya Family Parlor that you see in the above photograph, you may notice all the wonderful presents that the Haya children received in their Hyde Park Home (Tampa, Fl.) in 1895. This year the Haya children received very nice presents such as two doll beds and a toy piano. When you look at the more rural areas of Florida, most gifts would have been hand made, with a rare store bought item gracing the tree or stocking. In “A Foxfire Christmas” most rural Appalachian residents recall receive nothing more than fruit, cakes and nuts. Christmas may mean one hand made toy, the only one the child would receive until next year.
Pic source: Haya Parlor Decorated for Christmas-Tampa FL-1895. RC05853.